The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (Portuguese: Memorias Posthumas de Braz Cubas, modern spelling Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas), also translated as Epitaph of a Small Winner, is a novel by the Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (born in Rio de Janeiro City, then Imperial Capital of Brazil).
|Author||Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis|
|Original title||Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas|
|Country||Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press (Eng. Trans. hardback edition)|
|1881 (1 October 1997 Eng. translation)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||238 p. (Eng. Trans. hardback edition)|
|ISBN||0-19-510169-3 (Eng. Trans. hardback edition)|
|LC Class||PQ9697.M18 M513 1997|
Published in 1881, the novel has a unique style of short, erratic chapters shifting in tone and style. Instead of the clear and logical construction of a normal nineteenth-century realist novel, the novel makes use of surreal devices of metaphor and playful narrative construction. It is considered the first novel of the realist movement in Brazil.